UTM struck it big again when three groups of students from the Faculty of Built Environment’s  Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Programme won all the 1st, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up prizes in the “Habitat Scenario Analysis Competition” that was held in conjuction with the World Habitat Day 2013. The competition was organized by the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government on 6-7 October at KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.

The competition which started end of July 2013 was categorised into three levels of entries, i.e  lower secondary school, upper secondary school and institutions of higher learning. UTM proved its prowess yet again in the field of urban and regional planning and emerged to be the top planning school among participating institutions of higher learning.

The three UTM teams, comprising 12 students, were all qualified to the final round with their innovative and creative ideas in the planning of Malaysian future cities. All three teams wowed the judges with their imaginative integration of vital environmental, economic and social aspects into three distinct future city concepts of “Compact Transit City”, “Eco-Realm City” and “Elysium City”. An obviously impressed Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Y.B. Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan presented certificates  and a cash prize totalling RM10,000 to the three winning UTM teams.